My Positive Story

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by AndyCGaveMeT, Jun 28, 2014.

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    1. AndyCGaveMeT
      Cheerful

      AndyCGaveMeT Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      I'm not sure if I've already posted here, but I will tell my story here. I like to tell it, because I know it's the kind of story I'd liked to have heard when I was suffering at the start.


      In November 17 I went to see Andy C. Great gig. Five hours of drum and bass. Turns out the gig gave me a permanent reminder in the form of high-frequency tinnitus.

      First thing I did was search for Tinnitus. Everything online I found was acidic and negative. "There's no cure." "You were an idiot for damaging your hearing". "Man kills himself after getting T from concert" and the forum posts I found. People were angry, and I was frightened. Eventually, I had to ban myself from searching Tinnitus because I knew it would make me feel much worse. (I don't blame people for this; I'm glad to see this thread open, because god knows a beacon of light is needed for new sufferers)

      For the first week I thought I was going to off myself. I remember lashing out a lot in my room, breaking down into tears around flatmates, who were really supportive, all that unmanly stuff. I remember trying to do anything to escape the T, dreaming of a day it would go away, fighting it constantly. but something in my mind kept telling me it was permanent.

      My sleep pattern went to pot. My grades slipped substantially. I became despondant and severely depressed. By the end of the first two weeks I felt completely mentally exhausted.

      So it came to a creshendo in a 24 hour diner. I was going there frequently because the background noise took my mind off the T. I began writing down my thoughts on a note on my phone, and came to two conclusions.

      1. If this was temporary, I would learn a lesson in protecting my hearing and feel relieved.
      2. If this was permanent, I would habituate. Things would only get better.

      From that point on things improved. I slowly stopped minding the fact I would never hear silence; I kept reminding myself that the T was a scapegoat for all my anxieties. (PS: I was going through a breakup at the same time and had deadlines for major courses. Yeah, fun month) I reminded myself what I was in control of, and did my best. Eventually, I was so involved in everything else I didn't have time or care to worry about T. It faded into something that was just 'there'. Now, at night, when it gave me so much grief, I actually find it soothing to listen to; it gives my mind a constant to focus on.

      The biggest hurdle to overcome was to stop fighting Tinnitus and accept it as a part of me. Then I began to understand it. I actually personified it at one point. I'd say "Right, you stop bothering me at work and I'll let you go nuts at night, alright?" Sounds stupid, but it felt like I had a bit of control.

      I sometimes have mild panic attacks where I think 'It's not normal, I want it gone' but I realise where this ends up so I just don't engage with this thought process anymore.

      This year's been difficult. I still don't exactly know if non-sufferers will understand what a rollercoaster this year has been, but it's been interesting. I'm lucky; my T has subsided. But if there's one thing I've learned it's just how hellish Tinnitus can be. So I'll extend all my sympathy to everyone who suffers from it, new or old. If you're new, don't worry. The first month is hard as hell, but you will get through it.

      All the best,

      AndyCGaveMeT
       
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    2. jazz
      No Mood

      jazz Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      eardrum rupture from virus; barotrauma from ETD
      Thank you for the inspiring story! Acceptance definitely helps people habituate.:)
       
    3. Nich
      Batty

      Nich Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Arkansas
      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2014
      Great story! Thanks for sharing! I'm in the first few weeks and have good and bad days. I'm hoping it will go away but if not I'm working to accept it and move on. These positive stories are really helpful!
       
    4. Mpt

      Mpt Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2014
      when you say your that it has subsided ... What does that mean, you can't hear it anymore?, you only hear it while laying in bed at night? etc?
       
    5. theekarwash
      Nerdy

      theekarwash Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise and/or Ear Infeciton
      Your tinnitus has completely subsided or you just don't hear it as much anymore? Really inspiring story, thanks so much for this post, really encouraging and helpful. :)
       
    6. Danza
      Fine

      Danza Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2014
      I really liked your conclusions. Simple and easy! :
      1. If this was temporary, I would learn a lesson in protecting my hearing and feel relieved.
      2. If this was permanent, I would habituate. Things would only get better.
       
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